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PPAGLA Hosting Photo Seminar on Aug. 15.

Khai Le

PPAGLA will be hosting a photo seminar on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 from 10am to 3pm at 7063 N. Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood 91605 at Fire Station #89.

We will be having Francine Orr from the Los Angeles Times and Terry Pierson from the Press Enterprise there to give presentations on their work.  Francine won the Video Feature award for 2014 and Terry won Photographer of the Year for 2014.

Francine Orr

Francine Orr

Francine Orr has been a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times since 1999. Previously, she was as a staff photographer at the Kansas City Star, free-lanced for the Los Angeles Times, Santa Monica Outlook, Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and interned at the Pasadena Star-News.

Orr served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia, before beginning her career as a photojournalist. While there, she learned how to be a quiet observer. She worked with visiting anthropologists, documentary teams, and as a teacher. Primarily, she worked with Tamag, a village chief, traditional navigator and canoe builder. This required her to become conversant in the local language and cultural practices.

She has worked extensively in the Pacific Islands, Africa and Asia, covering poverty, corruption, victims of rebels, rape, the ravages of HIV/AIDS and the Asian tsunami. Her six-part series “Living on Pennies,” inspired readers to donate tens of thousands of dollars to aid agencies working in Africa.

Orr has received numerous awards for her photojournalism, including recognition from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Center for Public Integrity’s Daniel Pearl Award, the C.G. Wellington Memorial Sweepstakes for outstanding photojournalism, Best of the West, the Associated Press Media Editors Public Service Award, the Los Angeles Press Club’s photojournalist of the year, Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism, the Society of Newspaper Design, the Scripps Howard Foundation, Sigma Delta Chi’s Award for Public Service, the Harry Chapin Award, the National Headliner Award, the Sidney Hillman Award, the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Terry Pierson

Terry Pierson

Terry Pierson has been a staff photographer for the Press-Enterprise since 2002. Previously, he was a staff photographer at the Daily Bulletin, Gilroy Dispatch, Hollister Freelance, Morgan Hill Times, Fresno Bee Neighbors Newspapers and interned at the Milwaukee Journal.

Over the last 13 years at the PE, Terry has covered southern California wildfires, UCLA Final 4 Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals, MLB Dodgers and Angels playoffs, Hurricane Sandy, College National Football Championship.

The last five years working on local news and features in the Inland Empire.
Portraits, concerts, weekend festivals, high school and college sports, spot news in a heavy workload of two to four assignments a day driving 50 to 150 miles producing photo galleries with early deadlines for local sections and late deadlines for the A-section.